How to Change Forgotten Windows Password

There may be certain times when you forget your Windows password and you can not get into your system. This situation can be quite desperate if you have important documents and files in your windows system. As a matter of fact you can get into the system even if you forget your Windows password. Here is our simple tutorial on how to do this.

Step One: Download System Rescue Live CD from here. Save the .iso file and burn it to a CD Rom.

Step Two : Insert the CD in the CD ROM Drive and boot from CD . Adjust boot priority in BIOS setting and set CD Rom as the first boot device.

Step Three: You will be presented with a blue screen . Hit enter and you will boot with the default boot options and in the end will be presented with a screen with command prompt:

Step Four : Enter the following command at command prompt to mount the hard disk as well as windows partition:

ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /mnt/windows –o force

After this enter the following command and ensure that /dev/sda1 is the disk with windows . Otherwise repeat the above command with the appropriate disk in place of /dev/sda1

Step Five : Enter the following command to change to Windows Config directory .

cd /mnt/windows/Windows/System32/config

Step Six : Enter the following command to see a list of the accounts in the SAM file .

chntpw –l SAM

Step Seven : Now use the following command to change the password of the account or clear the password of the account that you want access to :

chntpw –u USMAN SAM

( Replace USMAN with the Windows Account of your computer that you want access to ). 

You will be presented with options. Type 1 and hit enter to clear the password or Type 2 and hit enter to change the password . Type Y for Write hive files and hit enter. Depending on the choice you made , either the forgotten windows password has been cleared or it has been changed and you can again login to your windows account.

So the next time when you want to reclaim your forgotten windows password or want to access the Windows account for which you do not remember the password again, this little tutorial will save you some time and effort.

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